Friday, 31 July 2009

Monthly Reading List - July

July is over and the days are becoming hotter and the reading is getting spicier and I look back at July with mixed blessings. The first two weeks I was all revved up to review, however by the middle of the month  I was reading like a fiend but the words would not find their way unto paper….

So I had a blessed month in reading, but I am still missing a few review. I will drop  a line about most of them and I have finally finished the Twilight series and I will most definitely be saying something about those.

I started a grand new paranormal series – Darkyn Novel – Lynn Viehl. I am up to book six already, they are so good…

I hope you all had a great July month in reading and I'll be looking around the blogs for my August Read – Patricia Briggs is already earmarked and one or two that I am keeping my eyes on…

 

 

250 – If Angels Burn – Lynn Viehl - Review

249 - Cattle Valley – Cattle Valley Day

248 – Hot In Here – Sophie Renwick - Review

243 247 - Twilight Series (Audiobooks) – Stephenie Meyer

242 - Private Demon – Lynn Viehl

241 - Night Lost – Lynn Viehl

240 - Dark Need – Lynn Viehl

238 – 239 - Jenna Byrnes & AKM Miles -Review

237  Dalakis Passion: Endless Chase – N.J. Walters - Review

235 – 236 - – Men in Love & Refuge Shifters Series - Review

234 - Kings Property – Morgan Howell - Review

233 - The Highway man – Michelle Hauf

232 - Looking Through the Mist – Rebecca J. Vickery - Review

231 - Car Wash – Shawn Lane

229 – 230 - Poker Night Series – Carol Lynne- Review

228 - – Playing With Fire – Mina Carter - Review

227 - Wild Heat – Bella Andre

226 – Tempt me Tonight – Toni Blake - Review

225  - The Missing – Shiloh Walker

224 – The Courtland Chronicles – The Arrangement – Cat Grant - Review

223 – The Courtland Chronicles – Complications  - Cat Grant - Review

222 – Dalakis Brothers Bk4 – Eternal Brother – NJ Walters - Review

221 – the Courtland Chronicles – Strictly Business – Cat Grant - Review

220 - Until The End Of time – Shawn Lane

219 - Finally Home – Lisa Marie Davis - Review

218 – The Courtland Chronicles - By Chance – Cat Grant - Review

217 - Animal Attraction – Paige Tyler

216 - Jacob’s Pony – Jude Mason - Review

215 – Slippery when Wet Bk4 – I’d Die For You – Jude Mason - Review

214 - Naked In His Arms – Sandra Marton

213 - Dalakis Passion Bk3 - Stefan’s Salvation – NJ Walters - Review

212 - Mockingbird – Sherry Derr-Wille

211 – Mistaken Identity – Sherry Derr-Wille - Review

210 – Anthologies – Jude Mason - Review

209 - Judas Steer – Kiernan Kelly

208  – Dalakis Passion Bk2 - Lucian’s Delight – Review

 

 

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In Conversation – Bryce Ryder – Hot In Here!!!

Today i am so pleased to say I have none other than Bryce Ryder her with me. We all know and love Bryce for his skills in the kitchen – However after a recent gossip columnist had a go at his reputation, I am glad he has worked it all out and gotten the girl in the process.

 

For those readers that missed Jenna's interview yesterday, see what she has to say about Bryce and Sophie. Without further ado welcome Bryce Ryder to the Erotic Horizon.

 

 

Firstly I am going to start off with your love of food - where did that come from

Hell, what man doesn't love food? I do, that's for sure. I loved sitting down to the McCabe table and digging in. My own  mother could never be bothered, so Jenna's mom was definitely something I craved-- the warmth, the sense of family. I still like watching her cook. Now we sometimes cook side by side and I'm so happy that I have a mom like that. And she's pretty pleased she's got herself a son! :)

 

You have this way of  sensualising  food, and  i have to say even i was in awe of your erotic way of describing food - how did you put the two together (Food and the sensuality of it).

Well, food like sex should be savored, so that's I were I went with it. I'm not sure where it comes from. It's just me, you know? That's how I am. I look at the food, and there's just something there. Maybe I'm just a pervert, but Jenna's not complaining! I like finding foods to seduce her with.

 

Before the gossip column got to your reputation, what was your long term plans in term of a relationship.

None. I'd been so damn burned by Chrissy that I refused to think of long term. But secretly, I always did want the wife and kids, and that family table. After Chrissy though, the thought made me edgy. To have that, that family life, and then have the woman walk away like Chrissy did was too much, so I forgot about those feelings and decided getting laid by a different woman each night would be the safer option for my  heart. Stupid and empty, but safer.

 

I get the fact that Jenna was your friend and in some respect she was the only constant in your life in terms of female company - but what did you really expect Jenna to do when she turned up for your lunch meeting.

Vindicate me. You know, she was always by my side, and my pride was stinging. I knew she could help with plans to get my rep back, but what I needed was for her to sit with me and tell me I was right. That she believed in me. She was always the quiet type, never made waves, so when she sat up and kind of rode my ass, I saw a new side of her, and I was amazed-- and incredibly turned on. I liked that there was a part of Jenna that wasn't an open book. That there was something there, hidden, and I wanted to be the one to bring it out.

 

Please forgive the intrusion with this question, but I have to ask   - Your first time with Jenna, what was it really like, as clearly she was not your type.

AMAZING!!!! I never knew that going against type would be so damn arousing! Jenna gave herself that night and I couldn't believe how different the act felt because of that. She was so vulnerable, and it made me feel like a man to protect her, and I felt like a man when I was with her, loving her. I mean, after that, I was totally addicted to her, and well, you read what happened then....

 

When you decided that Jenna was the woman of the moment for you - Did you really expect Jenna to drop everything for you - and why?

            Yeah, I did. Stupid huh? I have NO idea, other than male stupidity, why I believed she'd just fall into my hands. Just because I fell apart and realized the sex was the best I ever had, didn't mean she felt that way. Although, I wanted to believe it, that I was the best she'd had. That's a regret I have, thinking I wouldn't have to work my ass to get her. 

 

I am going to be honest with you - it took me a while to warm up to you. For the ladies who don't know you - sell yourself to them.

On the outside, I'm a carefree playboy, on the inside, I was dying for a woman to take away the past pain, and give me a new lease on life. I put off vibes that I'm shallow and can be cool, but really, I'm just an average small town gown-- who REALLY enjoys cooking and sex.  Ego is a shell, and I used it to protect the vulnerable parts of me, parts I didn't want to show to anyone, but most of all myself. Sorry you didn't like me, but I hope you warmed up to me!

 

From my web hopping I can see a few ladies who are "Team Bryce" - Give these ladies an idea of your dream date.

Definitely cooking for them. My house, their house, little cabin by the lake, out at a picnic, whatever,it 's got to include something good to eat. That's the best foreplay. So, I'd cook them something special--just for them. Oh, and I gotta have dessert and make sure they eat it, because I gotta sweet tooth and I LOVE a woman with one, too. We could take it from there... But then, now that I'm thinking of it, I wouldn't mind a casual date at the markets, just strolling around and getting to know them over a latte at a cafe. But I'm a low maintenance  guy, jeans and T's are my thing, so if she's looking for classy and tight ass socializing, I'm probably not her dream date.

What's this angst with your parent.

Oh, god! My parents are the total opposite of Jenna's parents. I mean, my mother just whelped us, you know? She has zero maternal feeling, and my father is just into making a name for himself and increasing his wealth. We were just ornaments when needed and cast aside all the other times. I swear, I'm never gonna do that to my kids. My life was empty and cold. Thank God for brothers.

 

From your perspective can you let us in on what's happening with your older brother, Trey and your sister-in-law.

Wish I knew! Jenna doesn't know and she's amazed that Sarah's been so tight lipped about things. But I know my brother, and I think he's totally got it bad for her, but she's still giving him the cold shoulder and trying to tell herself she's in love with Ashton, which is bogus.  Not sure, but I think something happened between them in the past. There's something to do with that barn and the way Trey looks at the hayloft.... 

 

I want to find out about Sophie and  "You" - yes, you heard me right. I wondered why you choose Sophie instead of Charlotte to give us your story.

Apparently, when you write stories set in different eras, for two different houses, they like the name to be different. Charlotte's house really liked that her voice would be separate for a new genre of work. And I'm glad, because Charlotte couldn't pull off my attitude, but Sophie's got a good ear for it, I think. I might have been running around saying a lot of crap I'd never say, and wearing britches. But then again, I might have lived in an awesome English manor house!!!! Charlotte knew that a contemporary would be really different from the stuff she writes, and she didn't want to disappoint readers if the read wasn't the same. She always didn't want to alienate people who had tried her stuff as Charlotte and didn't like it. I'm amazed at how different one person can be.

 

Did she follow your instruction or is there more to you that never made it on paper..

There was a little more angst, and few more tears that were cut out of the story (hey, I can't look like a sissy!) and maybe a little bit of emotion. Charlotte kind of snuck in there at times, and we had to shift around things, but in the end, it's pretty much the story I told her.

 

After a whole lot of trial and error Jenna is more or less on the road to being your wife - Jenna wants a special Saturday night at home after a hard week, give us  a sneak peek at how you would pamper your bride to be. 

Easy! Jenna's really open to anything and I love how she can be happy going out or just hanging out. With us, a special Saturday night would probably involve me cooking at home (I've given up some of those weekends at the restaurant and am letting my sous-chef have more control at times) Then maybe a bath, and I'd give her a massage, followed by a chick flick. We'd cuddle on the couch and let nature take its course. Although, last Saturday I took her to the beach and we sat on the dock watching the sun set while we shared some fries and listened to the waves. Sex on the beach is an awesome way to wind down the week! :)

 

A big thank you to Bryce, Jenna and their writer Sophie Renwick for coming out to play on the Erotic Horizon on IN CONVERSATION…

 

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Just Found – Celestial Lovers – Starstruck Hunter – Michelle Lauren

 

TITLE: Starstruck: Hunter (Book I of the Celestial Lovers series)
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Buy Link: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/books/starstruckhunter.htm
Excerpt link: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/books/starstruckhunterexcerpt.htm

When twenty-four year old celestial star Miranda Snow crash lands on Earth, a place where humans hunt and kill her kind for their life-prolonging energy, she doesn’t know who to trust. Danger is everywhere. Her only hope for survival lies in the unlikely arms of ex-star hunter Noah Benson. Tall, dark and jaded, his touch sparks her passion and melts her defenses.

Ten years ago, Noah lost everything in one night: his freedom, his friends and all hopes of a future in his chosen career. Now he is driven by revenge against the man responsible, a ruthless killer determined to claim Miranda – something Noah refuses to let happen. But when faced with an impossible choice, will he be able to protect Miranda or will he lose her for good?

 

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Thursday, 30 July 2009

In Conversation – Jenna McCabe – Hot In Here!!!

 

 

I am very pleased today to have Jenna McCabe of small town Lucan, now sought after PR specialist and most importantly the woman of Bryce Ryder's life with me for IN CONVERSATION.

Ms. McCabe has just had a whirl wind romance with Bryce and is about to walk up the aisle. She has courteously agreed to answer a few questions for me and my readers.

Welcome to the Erotic Horizon - Jenna McCabe

 

Why Bryce and why haven't you given up on him before now....

Because, honestly, he's my dream guy. Gorgeous, built, sexy and inside all soft and emotional. He hid the emotion well, though. I never suspected he was so romantic and sensitive. I love that about him, that he's that way, and I'm the only woman who knows it. It took me a long while to finally take the plunge, and in truth, I suffered a couple of set backs in the confidence department. I was just so afraid of losing him as a friend, but more than that, I was afraid of giving him everything and him finally tiring of me and walking away. It wasn't very nice of me, I know, but feelings are feelings, and I'm human, and sometimes humans aren't the nicest people. I should have trusted him, but sometimes I was just too scared to, for my own self preservation. Does that make sense? 

 

I am going to cut to the chase from early - Tell us how was it for you that first time with Bryce - Did the earth move and all that.

Holy cow! Did the earth move? You bet! And I was completely incinerated! To say that it was the best sex ever is an understatement. I mean, Bryce got way more out of me than other man I had ever been with. He made me feel like a woman, and I liked that feeling. I liked not being too shy to ask for what I wanted. But Bryce made it easy, and ok to share your needs. No man had ever done that. And in a way, it kind of scared me how much he pulled out of me.

 

I liked your take charge attitude when I met you initially - however somewhere between going to bed with Bryce and waking up the next morning you changed - What happened?

Confidence. Fear. Thinking too much. In the boardroom, I feel very strong and take charge. Nothing much scares me, but that night with Bryce and the thought that it could have just been carried away passion on his part made me scared. Made me off center, and I didn't know the way to fix that feeling inside. So, I left, and avoided those feelings. As a woman, I have little experience with men, and as a PR person, I have a lot. The two at that time were not gelling.

 

Without being too snarky to your co-worker, why would you listen to her when her love life is very questionable.

She gets a ton of men. She's very city, not a country bumpkin like me. I mean, I figured that she knew a ton about guys, and she was exactly the sort of woman Bryce would date, so I figured she knew more than me, and decided to listen. Besides, she gave me a way to leave those pesky feelings of insecurity and not being enough behind! And at that time, I was totally confused and not sure what to do. Since I had NO idea what to do next, it seemed logical to give her idea a shot. Only problem was, I wasn't understanding Bryce's feelings.

 

I wanted to ask you about your insecurities - because there was a whiplash moment there when I wasn't sure if the relationship was on or off - what was all that about.

Oh, they're a bitch, aren't' they? LOL! I think that to be human makes us complex, and I have many different layers. I can be strong, and I can be weak. Relationships, I'm weak. I'm never sure of myself and when I'm feeling that way, I want to retreat. I did that so many times with Bryce. Emotions are emotions and we have to own them, even if they are, at times confusing and out of character. We all do something, say something, act a certain way that is considered out of character, or confusing. And that was me. Sometimes I act first and think after.

 

I am impressed with the relationship you have with your sisters, especially Sarah - but do you have to tell her about the guy you are doing the hump and grind with...

I think sisters, well, some sisters do share this sort of thing. Sarah and I do, although, she's being really tight lipped about Trey. Anyway, friends tell friends that sort of thing, and for years, Sarah and I were each other confidants. Summers are long in the country and when you've only got your sister while you're doing chores all day, a closeness develops and things get shared. That's our situation, anyway.

 

Why would you not listen to Sarah when she tried to explain- after all she is your best friend.

Because my sister is a die hard romantic. I felt like she'd say anything, just to get me to go back to him. And it was easy to take my feelings and hurt out on her. After all, she's blood, so she'll be there at the end of day no matter what.

 

There are a lot of jealous female readers who are seriously in lust with Bryce and his hotter than hell way of cutting to the heart of the matter - however there was an alley scene in Tuscany - give us your thoughts on that Oh so sinful moment...

Oh, I was bad!!!!! I'd never do anything like that with any other man, but Bryce makes it so darn easy to take risks, and to make you feel like it's okay to do so. With him, I know he's not going to think less of me after the fact. Well, that scene was HOT, and I still blush thinking about it. One day we're going to go back and recreate it.

 

On another topic - do you know what's up with Sarah and your brother-in -law and can you spill anything.

I know neither one of them are talking to each other, but there's a lot of stolen looks at the dinner table, and A LOT of picture snapping, and I don't think it's pics of me and Bryce, if you know what I mean. But both Trey and Sarah are really stubborn, so I'm not sure if either one will offer the olive branch. Trey's here from London, he's the best man, and we're getting married in a few weeks, and he's completely miserable. He actually moved out of my parents house to stay in town at motel, if you can believe. His room was next to Sarah' s....not sure if that was it or not. Or maybe its the fact that Ashton has been around lately.   I don't have this on authority, but my gut tells me I'm right, Sarah's first kiss in the hayloft....it was with Trey. I'm sure of it. And I think they did more than just kiss.... 

 

I gave Bryce the option of this question as well - Why Sophie and not Charlotte to tell your story.

I read his answers (without him knowing) he went to the fridge to get a beer, and I glanced at the screen! But, I think his answer is pretty much what I would say, too.

 

Did she leave anything out or was there more that was left unsaid.

No, she got it. And I like how she was true to me, to my feelings which weren't always easily pegged down. She allowed me to be insecure and have doubts about myself and Bryce. I'm really glad her editor 'got me' because I'm not one of those kick ass heroines. Sometimes I wish I was, but then that's not the woman Bryce loves.

 

Last one I promise -  There is one scene where you approached Bryce in your  bathrobe by the pond - you know where I'm going with this question - What were you wearing under that robe and can you give us a sneak peak at what happened after you twine your legs around Bryce's waist.

His T-shirt because I wanted to be close to him and a pair of underwear. He went crazy when he saw me in his shirt. Still gives me goosebumps! Anyway, we ended up untying the boat from the dock and drifting for a while, letting the bock rock, if you know what I mean. We both fell asleep staring up that moon. Then we went in and he made me a midnight snack. He's so good about feeding me! :)

 

A big thank you to Jenna McCabe – Join me tomorrow for Bryce Ryder’s story, ladies be prepared, he’s telling all.

See you tomorrow….

In Conversation….

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Review – Hot In Here – Sophie Renwick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Back of the Book

She wasn't his kind of dish - until someone turned up the heat.

Celebrity chef and infamous ladies' man Bryce Ryder can't believe the thoughts he's having about his old friend Jenna McCabe. She's always been the shy girl next- door, but when some bad publicity threatens everything he's built, Jenna gets down to business - and shows a side of herself that is take-charge and totally irresistible.

Soon things are heating up in and out of the kitchen - and all of Jenna's secret fantasies about Bryce start coming true. But will she be the one to tame his heart, or is the sexy chef just indulging another one of his cravings?

Review

Characters

Bryce Ryder – Son, brother and first class cad when it comes to the ladies. Burnt once and not willing to take a chance again, he is looking at the real deal and don’t even realise it until it hits him in the face.

Jenna McCabe – Daughter, sister and stead fast friend to Bryce over the many years that they have known each other. The best at what she does, she takes no prisoners when it comes to business. Bryce needs her to help him and as much as it is business – she is pushing for pleasure.

  

Surprise element

I must mention here that I was thoroughly impressed with Ms. Renwick's voice. I am a big fan of the voice of Charlotte Featherstone and Ms. Renwick takes the best of Featherstone style and made it into an edgy erotic experience– that has me thinking dirty, dirty thing.

I will be following Ms. Renwick for a long while yet.

 

Bryce couldn’t think. Hell, he couldn’t breathe. Watching Jenna saunter away in that pretty little chemise was playing havoc with his synapses. He didn’t even blink as he watched her walked away. The ecru- colored lace skimming just beneath the luscious curve of her cheeks commanded his attention, not to mention fueled his imagination.

She had the finest ass he’d ever seen. Full and round, begging to be cupped by his hand.
Shit! What was he thinking, cupping her ass? This was Jenna. Safe, little Jenna. The friend he hadn’t had any sexual thoughts about. Well, not since…Okay. He finally allowed the dirty truth to come up. There had been a few times when he’d awaken from a vivid dream, his sheets tangled and wet, his brain burning with images of him and Jenna.

But he’d always laughed it off. Always thought it absurd. He used to tell himself that the dreams were about Jenna because she was the only woman he really knew well. They were friends, had spent a lot of time together. Naturally she’d invade his dreams.

Pressing forward, he leaned over the counter and watched Jenna. Her profile was just as stunning as the back view. Her breasts were just as hot as her ass, and the way they bounced and moved as she reached for the blanket that lay across the back of the sofa had him groaning.

Man, he was hard. And completely fucking losing it.

Jenna was a friend. He wanted that friendship. Depended on it. No way was he going to toss a decade of friendship down the toilet because his subconscious all of a sudden decided to cough up a few instances of past wet dreams involving Jenna.

He couldn’t imagine his life without Jenna in it. She had always been there, to talk to and hang with. He liked just calling her up for no reason and chatting. He liked how they laughed at the same things. If he couldn’t have that anymore, if he ruined the relationship by making it all awkward and heavy with sexual shit, he didn’t know what he’d do.

Hot in Here © Sophie Renwick

Plot

Chef extraordinaire Bryce Ryder’s reputation is in tatters or going that way, all due to a gossip columnist, his only way out of this dilemma lays in the hands of his childhood friend – Jenna McCabe.

Jenna has her own ulterior motive for helping Bryce and most of it does not include getting Bryce’s reputation back. While Jenna plan started off just as she expects – Bryce being his unpredictable self  take over from there and this is when the fun and games begin.

 

Smut Ick/Factor

What can I say but the man knows his way around his food and a woman's body. From the moment Bryce opens his mind to the fact that he wanted Jenna, he sensualises everything and anything that comes into contact with her.

He is quick on the uptake to not miss a sure thing when he sees it and he knows how to care and cherish a treasured possession. I have to also admit he does last the distance and what a finisher he is.

Jenna is no slouch in the fantasy department as well – There was a voyeuristic moment that just about set the book on  fire. She has a huge amount of confidence issues but when she lets her inhibitions reign free – she is definitely a class act.

 

Predictability

I would say only the fact that I knew the HEA was assure was about the only sort of predictable in this book. The angst was relentless through the book. There was not a steady and peaceful 10pages – it was upheaval after upheaval and I was liking it alot.

 

Positive

I am noticing more and more how an author draws me in from the moment I open the book – some get it and some don’t. Hot in here was one smooth start

“I like my women the way I like my recipes: fast, easy and full of variety.”
There was a pregnant pause, followed by a raised brow and
a fl ash of blue- green eyes above the spine of the glossy magazine.
“Did you really say that?”

Hot in Here © Sophie Renwick

This is a solid read – with back history, a support cast that played a full part and evidence of a follow up within the story

The main protags themselves were fully developed and I love how Ms. Renwick gave them their own identity – they were themselves first before we see them as a sister, a brother, a daughter or a son.

The plot was a nice mixture of a combination of a whole lot of familiar plots. Ms. Renwick has pulled it all together and made a story line that made me laughed, sighed and I even had the OOHHH moment – well done.

The were a few side stories running through the book that tied in nicely with the main plot. The support cast came into their own and it is definitely a credit to Ms. Renwick for reigning in some of the more assertive characters so they did not hog the limelight.

Although I mentioned the smut earlier, I must applaud the author for bringing this wonderful element of Featherstone style into play. Her words are magic and she clearly has an angle on the different voices.

The book had a good pace and with the changing scenery I was not bored at all with the drive of the book.

Bottom Line

A sweet story with loveable characters that is a credit to Ms. Renwick. With a distinct voice she rushes out of the stable with this fun loving and funny story that gives a nice balance between wanting and needing. She has gotten the art of anticipation down on her first book and has nicely laid the ground work for a series that looks to set our hearts on fire. Well done Ms. Renwick. 

Niggles

Jenna has so much confidence issues that she gave me a whiplash moment as well as she played the TSTL card as well. While she started off as this assertive, in your face chick – she quick went from bitch to bitchy and  I was not liking her after a while. She came back around but by that time – I was at the point of “What Now”.

There was an undeveloped scenario between Trey and his father, but as this is the first book – I am reserving judgement until the other book in the series are released.

Bryce took a little while for me to warm up to – After having a bad relationship and cutting himself off from “commitment” , he was downright possessive and single-minded in his pursuit of Jenna. It was too quick too fast for me.

 

A few review to see… 

'Hot In Here' was a fantastic escape read. Bryce is an intense hero who is originally a bit frightened by the sudden spark of lust that he feels for his long time friend. But he shows real strength with his fast and determined commitment to Jenna. If anything, Jenna is the one with commitment issues, IMO, but much of that can be blamed on Bryce's earlier behavior with women.

Also, food has never read so sexy. I've developed new meaning to words like custard, gelato, and Carmel. Chocolate needs no added eroticism, it's a dessert that's always been associated with sex and boy was I reminded why.

http://lovinmesomeromance.blogspot.com/2009/05/arc-review-hot-in-here.html

 

There is a scintillating parallel between mouthwatering culinary delights and sex in this novel that IMHO enhances the erotic scenes. In addition, through Ms. Renwick’s lovely erotic prose, I could feel Bryce’s love for Jenna deepen during their emotional intimate encounters. This is a hot erotic romance and there are a number of intense sexually explicit scenes in changing settings, which I felt also, enhanced their deepening feelings. First a reader is shown the city where both Jenna and Bryce’s businesses and homes are located. Then we are whisked to romantic Tuscany where Bryce has a lovely old home overlooking a beautiful vineyard. Finally, they return home to the small rural town where both of them grew up under very different circumstances.

http://lea-closetwriter.blogspot.com/2009/05/hot-in-here-by-sophie-renwick-arc.html

 

I think Jenna and Bryce are great together and the sex between them is extremely hot and good (and no I'm not spilling the beans because that would spoil things:)). I also enjoyed the fact that food and family play a really important part too, with some nice girly moments between Jenna and her sisters, and a nice relationship between Bryce and his older brother Trey who I have hopes for with Jenna's sister Sarah, I think potentially there's a great story in the making for them.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/63396224

 

I felt Jenna was a little too quick to condemn Bryce when she finds out about his supposed schemes that make her feel foolish, embarrassed, and hurt. She does this at least twice, never showing a lot of faith in him and his love. And he does love her; he nearly crawls and begs for her forgiveness each time and then she gives in a little too easily considering how angry she is to begin with. I just wanted a little more motivation on Jenna's part to be that angry with Bryce, especially when he explains his brother's part in all of it. Of course, the make-up sex each time is to die for. Other than this, though, Hot In Here is a good read.

http://goodbadandunread.com/2009/06/04/review-hot-in-here-ryland-brothers-book-1-by-sophie-renwick/

 

I like the theme of friends becoming lovers and learning to know each other in a different way, and look at each other in a different light. They seem so right for each other and I wonder why they didn't get it sooner. But love is blind, and Bryce needed to learn to look past things. I am sure glad he did because they are sweet together, and I get the little jealous streak that comes out of him when he sees her with someone else. Then we do see that he want her, and he begins to admit it to himself. Admit that he may always have felt it. I do like Jenna, she is not a plain girl, she is Strong ans sweet, and Bryce is sexy and I wouldn't mind him cooking me something.

http://books-forlife.blogspot.com/2009/05/hot-in-here-sophie-renwick-arc.html

 

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Anticipating – Kindred Spirit - Hunter’s light, Mason & Byrnes

Book two in the Kindred Spirits Series

A haunted lighthouse, a handsome keeper and one freelance writer with a penchant for ghosts keep things hopping at Whiskers' Seaside Inn.

David Sanderson arrives at Whiskers' Seaside Inn, excited by the prospect of investigating the local ghosts. He's a freelance writer with a keen sense of the supernatural and enthusiasm to spare. When the ghosts fail to make an appearance, David is directed to the Harbour Point Light, where an active spirit is known to exist. And one handsome lighthouse keeper.

Hunter Pierce isn't sure he wants someone writing an article about his lighthouse and the ghost who inhabits it. He lives a quiet, solitary life in his little house by the tower and doesn't relish the idea of tourists taking over the place.

Their priorities might clash, but David and Hunter mesh in all the ways that count. Can an intense physical relationship be enough? And are there more ghosts at the lighthouse than the captain? Someone doesn't like David hanging around. David vows to figure out why, and hopefully, in the process, figure out what to do with the new love he's found.

 

See my review for the first book here – KINDRED SPIRIT - ETHANS CHOICE

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Review – Jenna Byrnes & AKM Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back of The Book

In Vegas on a week-long business trip, attorney Steve Elliot isn’t as interested in buxom strippers as his co-workers, Jake and Dylan, seem to be. Steve has other interests, and at the first opportunity, leaves the strip club for a nearby gay bar. To his surprise, Dylan follows him there, hoping for a chance to get Steve alone. After a quick battle with his conscience about dating a co-worker, Steve relents and goes back to the hotel with the younger, sexy man.

Their night of passion ends abruptly as Dylan’s past comes back to haunt him in Sin City. Will Steve and Jake be forced to pay the price for Dylan’s prior indiscretions?

 

Steve pushed away from the machine. “Thanks for the lesson. I should be going now.”

Dylan pressed his chest against Steve’s back. “Don’t rush off. I lived in Vegas for five years. I could teach you a lot of things. Give you some pointers, so to speak.”

The warmth of the man’s body heated Steve’s. A pleasant sensation, but Steve tamped down the feelings. While it was obvious what kind of ‘things’ Dylan referred to, getting friendly with another guy from his office seemed like a bad idea. “Thanks for the offer, but I’m not much of a gambler.”

“You sure about that?” Dylan’s hands roamed over Steve’s shoulders, under his arms and settled on his chest. Groping Steve’s pecs, he squeezed and spoke quietly again. “We could start with a drink, talk. Get to know each other a little better.”

Steve bit his lip. That’s the last thing I need. He opened his mouth to reply when Dylan pinched one of his nipples, and Steve jumped. His cock twitched. With a deep breath, he attempted to compose himself.

“Want another drink, Steve? I’m buying.”

Steve reached for the half-full glass next to the slot machine and took a nervous sip. “No thanks, I’m good.”

“I’m sure you are.” Dylan’s hand slid down the front of Steve’s shirt and under the waistband of his trousers. “I was hoping to find out how good.”

Steve tried to pull away. “Landry . . . look. I’m not—”

“Take it easy.” Dylan held him securely. His hand reached its destination and folded around Steve’s semi-hard erection. “I’m not trying to make you feel uncomfortable. If you really want me to stop, I will. Just so you know, I don’t want to. I’d like to do more, much more.”

Steve inhaled. He had a decision to make, and a little angel and devil sitting on each of his shoulders. They argued like they were at war with one another.

I don’t get involved with people from the office.

But this is Vegas! Everybody has a good time in Sin City. Relax! Loosen up!

I barely know this guy.

Isn’t that part of the fun?

A hard squeeze of his cock knocked the little angel out of the picture and the devil grinned. Steve tossed back his drink, downing the last of the bourbon.

He set the glass down and looked over his shoulder. “Shall we go somewhere?”

What Happens In Vegas © Jenna Byrnes

 

Review

On an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for a conference, the last place Steve expects to find himself one evening is hanging out at a topless bar with two of his work colleague Jake and Dylan. It was so not happening for him and the first chance he gets he cuts and run to find more suitable entertainment for his taste.

Just as he was getting comfortable - Dylan turns up and turns up the heat as well. Dylan is the newest member of the firm that they all work for and he is not shy about what he wants and before long they are enjoying the night of their life.

Dylan is a risk that Steve knew he was taking – when there’s a knock on the door at 2am, he soon realise just how big a risk Dylan was.

A sweet treat from Jenna Byrnes and there is nothing to complain about in this short story. The story start off with a scenario that drags me in and before I knew it – I  was caught up in the drama that was evolving in this one night in Vegas. The pace was fast and the language edgy and the combination made the book quiet a read.

This is clearly where Ms Byrnes excels, she certainly knows how to pack a story into a few pages and after a few weeks without my usual fix from her – I was loving WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wait until Dr. Parker Easton finds out it's his former lover, Deacon, who has "bought" him for a date at the bachelor auction in which he was forced to take part.

Dr. Parker Easton has used his work as an oncologist to try and forget the pain of losing his lover, Deacon Wagoner. Parker had thought they'd be together forever, and he would never understand how Deacon could have cheated on him. It had been two years and Parker was still too hurt to even think of seeing anyone else.

Now he was forced to participate in a fundraiser for the new hospital wing, a ridiculous bachelor auction. He'd planned on donating only, but now found he had to strut out there and try to raise money for the cause.

Stunned, barely covered the way he felt when he found out it was Deacon who had arranged to pay an exorbitant amount for the date. What the hell?

 

 

“Oh, my good Lord! Tell me you’re kidding.” Parker raised his eyebrows almost comically high over his piercing blue eyes. The creases in his forehead nearly crawled up into his hairline.

“Aw, come on, Dr. Easton, you said you’d help out.”

Parker leaned down from his six-four height and put his frown right in Dixie’s face.

“We both know I did not mean I would be part of…of…that! There is no way I’m going to walk out on a stage and let people ogle me like a…a…crap, you’ve got me lost for words. You know I meant I’d donate, not participate. I think the idea of an auction for dates with people is ridiculous.”

“It’s not. It’s been proven to be a good money maker. It’s for the last bit we need for the new wing, which, by the way, will have your office in it when it’s done. It makes sense for you to be part of it. Besides, you’ll bring top dollar. Everybody says so.”

“Everybody knows? Already? What the hell!”

“Hey, I didn’t put your name on the list.” Dixie, sweet southern Dixie from the PR department, was trying not to cower in the presence of his obvious anger.

“Who did? Who put my name on that list?”

“Maybe I shouldn’t say,” Dixie said.

“Tell me.”

Dixie’s explanation ran together so quickly, Parker had a hard time following the words. “Actually, the committee got a letter saying that you would go for over ten thousand if you would participate, and as a group, we decided it would be stupid to turn down that much money for the project.”

“You’re kidding. No, I’ve got to stop saying that. This is a nightmare. You actually got a letter saying someone would pay that much to go out with me? Hell, I never go out. I never have time. Who in the world would pay that much? Do they even know I’m…?” Parker paused.

“Gay? Uh, I believe so. I guess you want to see the letter, huh?”

“Oh, yeah. I want to see it. And this is not necessarily a done deal yet.” He put out his hand for the letter he figured she had in the overstuffed folder she clutched to her ample chest.

Parker usually didn’t go for the intimidation routine, but he was not going to get roped into taking part in this auction thing the PR department had come up with to get their much-needed funds. He was all for more money for cancer research. They definitely needed the new wing. He didn’t care where his office was located, but the new equipment would make a huge difference along with the added rooms and offices.

“Here it is, but it’s not going to tell you much. It’s not signed.”

Bought and Paid For © AKM Miles

 

Review

Dr. Parker Easton has been nominated to enter the bachelor auction for the hospital fundraising event and he is not happy about it. For one he  has not gone on a date in two years and he has no motivation to be on the auction block for a bunch of fawning women to ogle.

When he hears the terms by which he was nominated he has no choice but to concede. Things are not as cut and dry as his secretary makes it out to be, as two things happens:

  1. The bidding went further than expected.
  2. The wining bidder is not someone Parker expected to see or wants to see again.

A delightful read from Ms. Miles’ and it just hits the spot. With characters that you can’t help but empathise with and ultimately fall in love with, Ms. Miles has continued with her usual style of tossing young men who are battling against person or persons to ultimately get to their soul mate.

Most of the story is told in hindsight, from both the main protags point of view and it flows and flows well.  BOUGHT AND PAID FOR  is filled with enough smut to tempt a saint and it is bloody hot, there was no beating about the bush with these two when they had to get their groove on.

The storyline is good, it’s catchy and as much as Ms. Miles only gave us a short story – I can easily see Parker and his man being revisited at a later date. The support cast are in you face and funny with it as well – I like them alot.

Ms. Miles has come out to play with BOUGHT AND PAID FOR and I for one am having fun.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday

 

 

A perfect love sought through the centuries…an ancient evil sworn to prevent it at all costs.

Don’t series, Book 2

Aithne has spent her life living for her brother. Now that he’s found his twin flame, she’s free from her duty as his familiar. She plans to relish every moment—and search for a soulmate of her own who will match the longing that burns in her heart. For now, a traveling carnival looks like the perfect vehicle to find the adventure she craves. Starting with the carnival’s handsome and enigmatic owner.

Milcham Phoenix hides a secret behind the carnival’s dazzling distractions. As the only creature in Paradise who didn’t fall into sin, he is unique…and lonely. For centuries he has searched for the one woman whose beauty, spirit and passion tempt him to open his heart. No one has come close—until Aithne.

The fire within them burns out of control. But before they have the courage to share their true feelings with each other, evil attacks, and painful secrets are exposed. Truth is the one thing that will overcome an ancient enemy…and the one thing their love may not survive.

 

Love comes at the turn of a card…or the crack of a whip.

Sandine would love to walk out of her ex-boyfriend’s life forever. Except the sadistic bastard stole the ancient tarot cards her late mother gave her, knowing she’ll do anything to get them back. Including endure his abuse on the stage of his sex club.

For the crime of trying to get her prized cards back, she’s steeling herself for the public beating of her life. Knowing that no matter how much she screams, no one will come to her aid.

Harry Marshall should be immune to undercover work at sex clubs by now. From the moment he spots Sandine chained at the mercy of the suspected drug dealer he’s after, his gut tells him something isn’t right. He can’t believe he’d risk blowing his cover by stepping in, much less his body’s erotic reaction to inflicting pain on her luscious body.

Question is, how deeply involved is she in her ex’s drug dealing—if at all? If she’d stay out of his way long enough to find out, he wouldn’t have to put his own mission in danger to keep protecting her from her ex…and herself.

 

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Review – Men in Love & Refuge Shifters Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back Of The Book

Your favourite families from the Men in Love series are back.

For over ten years, Gabe Whitlock's ex-SEAL buddies have searched for the woman who abandoned him as a small child. When Jake Sommers receives a phone call from a woman claiming to be Gabe's long-lost sister, he calls the team together once more.

As the past unfolds, and mysteries are uncovered, the gang converges on the Triple Spur to rally around their friend.

 

Pacing back and forth in his small office, Jake Sommers picked up the phone and called Cree, one of his partners.

“Sheriff Sommers.”

“It’s me. I need you to come home if you can.”

“Something wrong?”

“I’m not sure, but I want to tell you and the rest of the family when we’re all together.” Jake looked through the one-way glass at Remy, his other partner in the five-some. He knew his partner’s class was almost over and hopefully the women wouldn’t mind having the rest of the afternoon off.

“I’ll be there in thirty minutes. Can you at least give me a hint?”

Jake grinned. Cree hated secrets, always had. “It’s about Gabe and the mother we’ve been trying to find for the past eleven years.”

“News?” Cree questioned further.

Rolling his eyes, Jake zeroed in on Remy’s ass. Even after all these years, he still got a hard-on every time he gazed at those sweet cheeks. “You’re not getting any more information until you get here.”

“Spoilsport.”

“I’m hanging up now.”

Cree must’ve heard something in Jake’s voice, because his next words were right on target. “You’re staring at Remy again, aren’t you?”

“Uh huh,” Jake grunted.

“I take it he has on those light blue shorts?”

“Uh huh.”

Reunion © Carol Lynne

Review

Jake Sommers has just gotten a call from a woman claiming to be the sister of his buddy Gabe. Jake being the man he is knows he has to rally the troops and quickly to get to the bottom of what is turning out to be quite a mystery.

While that is going on at the forefront – The entire gang makes an appearance they all get sucked into the drama that is Gabe past – while a few fires are burning in the back ground.

This is the much awaited seventh book in the MEN IN LOVE series. From past experience with this series, you either love it or hate it and I love this series. This book starts off about a decade after we left the men and they all seem to be in good spirit and in health. A phone call puts lie to that theory when Gabe’s sister makes contact and a whole hornets nest is stirred up and the entire team rally around Gabe to get him through this trying time.

Along with that  intense and emotional ride with Gabe, a few other issues are bubbling under the surface and  I am hoping these are future storylines that Ms. Lynne will follow through on.

REUNION would not be in the  Men In Love series if there was not an overabundance of smut. It was coming from left, right and centre and it was hot. The pace was fast and my hats off to Ms. Lynne to tie almost twelve people into a scenario and not make it feel cluttered and over the top. There was a natural flow to the story telling and she tosses in enough there to keep us on the edge of our seat for the next book to come.

My only niggle with this book is the rushed feel of the plot – it was literally over before it began. As everything was done in hindsight and from sketchy bits of memory, there was nothing to love or hate about the angst – it was gone in a flash.

With all the above said, I really enjoyed this REUNION book that has certainly given me a wonderful insight into the going ons of the men for the past decade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Professor of Environmental Science/Wildlife studies at UNLV, Jack McBain has spent his adult life trying to track a legend overheard during his youth. Born and raised in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland, Jack remembers his grandparents telling stories of a race of people eradicated by European settlers in 1829. According to the legend, the Beothuk people didn't die out as first thought, but were transformed into wolf shifters. When Newfoundland wolves began to appear in great numbers, the European settlers began killing them under the guise of population control. In 1910, the last of the Newfoundland wolves was shot, making them one of the few extinct species of wolves in the world. Following spotty leads, Jack begins to track what he believes are Beothuk/Newfoundland shifter wolves. His search leads him to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area outside of Las Vegas. There, on Spirit Mountain, he finally comes face to face with not only the shifter he's been looking for, but the man of his dreams he didn't know he needed.

 

The following morning, Jack groaned as he opened his eyes. His throat felt like sandpaper after hours of talking. He sat up and almost jumped out of his skin when he spotted a dead rabbit not two feet away. "Is this a gift or a warning?" he asked. He crawled out of the sleeping bag and reached around the rabbit to his canteen.

He took several sips before filling the small coffee pot. His gaze kept going back to the dead animal. Jack knew to ignore the gift would be an insult to the wolf, so he picked it up by its hind legs. Although he hadn't skinned many rabbits in his day, he knew the process. Pulling the hunting knife from the sheath in his pack, he carried the animal to the edge of the campsite.

"I haven't eaten rabbit in a good while, thanks."

Jack made quick work of cleaning the rabbit, using as much water as he dared to wash it thoroughly. When he was finished, Jack took the small folding frying pan from his pack and set it on the gas cooker. "There are some remnants over there if you're interested."

Although he'd yet to see the wolf, he knew he was still around. "Of course, I'd much rather you shift and come talk to me. I think I've carried enough of the conversation so far."

Once his breakfast was done, Jack held up a piece of the meat on his fork. "There's more than enough for two," he offered.

Jack dug into his breakfast, surprised at how hungry he was. It was then that he realized he hadn't eaten the previous evening. Well no wonder. A man finally catches up with his dream, it's only natural everything else would take a backseat. Of course I still managed time to whack off in front of that dream.

After breakfast, he wiped out the pan and stowed it along with the cooker in his pack before rising to tear down the unused tent. "I'm not planning to go anywhere yet, but no sense in not packing up camp. It'll take me a good three hours to get back down the mountain to my car."

Jack settled his gear against a large rock and climbed to sit on top. "You've got a pretty view, that's for sure. Although I'd be enjoying myself a hell of a lot more if you'd come down and talk to me."

Extinction © Carol Lynne

 

Review

Jack McBain, Professor of Environmental Science/Wildlife studies at UNLV has spent the better part of his adult life looking for a legend. On a less than spectacular weekend and quite by chance he gets his first break, after all these years.

Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, he pushes himself up the mountain and meets the most spectacular wolf – for him the search was all worth it, For the wolf it sets a chain of events in motion that might just cause him his life.

Another series for the very versatile Carol Lynne. I am liking the premise behind the blurb and Ms. Lynne’s voice is no easy thing to over look  either – she has some style. However while the characters are endearing enough, there is a convenient feel to the book. There are angsty moments but there is also a “at the right place at the right time” feel as well – that took some of the pleasure of the book away.

As is Ms Lynne’s way, she write in such a way that she builds up her next book and make sure the reader is left on a anticipatory high and this is no different in EXTINCTION. While I am not loving this first book – I cannot wait for the next book in this series to hit the shelves.

For lovers of Ms. Lynne work this is a not to be missed first book in a new and looking to be different series, for new comer's probably not the book you want to start with, however Ms Lynne style does ring out in this one – so you wont regret starting with this either. 

 

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Tuesday, 28 July 2009

One Hot Cover – Hot As Sin – Bella Andre

 

Sam MacKenzie is a wildland firefighter with few peers. He's utterly fearless - there's no one waiting for him at home, no reason not to risk it all. Out of the blue, the only woman he's ever loved - the same one who ground his heart to dust ten years ago - shows up begging him for help. Dianna's sister is in big trouble somewhere in the rugged Colorado Rockies, and he's the only person Dianna knows with the skills to track her sister down.

Working together on their quest to find Dianna's sister, they soon realize there's a killer on the loose and his true target isn't Dianna's sister...it's Dianna herself. Using his extreme outdoor skills, Sam needs to track down the killer, before he loses the woman he loves forever.

Coming 10/27/09 from Bantam Dell

 

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Monday, 27 July 2009

Guest Bloggers - Any Tips For New and Future Blogger

 

Ever so often I revisit one question from my Guest Bloggers interviews and toss out a question to my reader. I have been in a reviewing slump this week and this topic was most apt for me. It reminded me of why i got into blogging

I have snip out the question “Any tips for new and future blogger” from a few of the post and given my guest answers below. For me it’s always nice to review the tips to making blogging not only a success but gives me a chance to fine-tune or revamp stuff that are getting old and dated on my blog.

What's your tip for blogging – add it below and it will be moved to the post.

I wish you all a great week in reading…

 

 

 

 

 

 Leontine – Leontine’s Book Realm

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-- Any tips for new and future blogger.

I don’t think there is one more important than enjoy what you do with your blog!

Think about the template you have to choose when setting up your blog. Some are easier to use with HTML changes then others. I think the minima template is the most easiest to adapt in personal preferences.

Do research. These days you have websites that offer free templates which are beautiful and fun. It saves tons of time while you still have an incredible look of your blog.

Anyone who is new to blogging will learn along the way but know what you basically want with your blog and expand from there.

http://erotichorizon.blogspot.com/2009/06/leontine-leontines-book-realm.html

 

 

 

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 Yvette – True Crime Book Reviews

Blog Link

 

-- Any tips for new and future blogger.

 

First and foremost blog about something you are truly passionate about.This reminds me of one blog I started (part of the online course)on “living a stress free life” and what a joke that was.Me,giving advice on stress?I thought I should end that before I got sued by a stress guru.

Make friends.Life is nothing without good people in it.

One more thing do NOT do summary posts via feedreader.Rather have the whole post showing.Summary posts seem to irritate the readers.

Another thing is most people seem to be irritated with "comment approval" which I have but I find that it helps me read all my comments which I like to answer personally to each one.So that one's a choice I guess.I still have to "tweak" that one.

http://erotichorizon.blogspot.com/2009/07/yvette-true-crime-book-reviews.html

 

 

 

 Sassy-Brit-Alternative-Read.com

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-- Any tips for new and future blogger .


Where as I encourage bloggers to go for it, I would also recommend that they take things gradually and be sensible about how many books they can actually read within a reasonable time scale. There are a lot of authors out there in need of reviews, and just like I discovered, it can get pretty overwhelming if you are doing it all on your own and just grabbing everything that comes your way. It is still something I have to keep in the forefront of my mind, as it is very tempting to say yes to everything. Bookaholics , like myself, need their fix, and once you start, like any addict, it's hard to stop! Along with the fun of never ending freebies comes responsibility, and the fact that several people are relying on you.

http://erotichorizon.blogspot.com/2009/07/sassy-brit-alternative-readcom.html

 

 

 

 

 

 Kristie(J) – Ramblings on Romance,etc

Blog link:

-- Any tips for new and future bloggers

 

I think the most important thing is 'be yourself'. We all have a different 'voice', a different style, different everything.
Have fun. When it becomes work, I think you need to step back and remember why you started in the first place.
If you are going to be 'off' blogging for a while. Even though many of us never meet, we really do become friends and if you disappear, just if a friend vanishes in real life, we worry,
In order to get visitors and have comments and discussions, visit other blogs and leave comments. Whenever someone new visits, I always 'go to their place' to visit.

Don't blog for hits. Sure I think we would all like the kind of traffic that DA or Smart Bitches get, but for the vast majority of us it's never going to happen. But if you get caught up in the number of visits you get, it's easy to lose focus and lose your voice.
Respond to commenter's. I try to do it as often as I can. I'm not always successful - things come up and I'm away from blogging for a few days at a time sometimes; that happens to everyone, but don't ignore commenter's on a regular basis as chances are you will lose them as visitors. There was one blog I visited and often left comments. The blogger never acknowledged any comments by myself or anyone else. I don't go there anymore.

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 Kat - Book Thingo

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-- Any tips for new and future bloggers

Depends on what you're blogging for, but in general, I'd say be honest but try to be accurate in how you

express yourself. It's a terrible thing to have someone come and rip you a new one because they misunderstood what you were trying to say. My second tip is not to take anything personally even when it sounds personal.

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 @Lea

The issue of gradual growth and being consistent is the most important thing I think. It takes time to build a readership and being faithful to that viewership is so important!!

I also think Kristie's point about being yourself and not setting the bar too high is key, it is, as she says supposed to be fun!

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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Review - Looking Through the Mist – Rebecca J. Vickery

 

 

 

 

Back Of The Book

Psychic Jessica Wilder was a consultant for the FBI until she suffered burnout.  The visions leave her alone for several months and she starts to make a peaceful life for herself.  Then suddenly, they come back with a vengeance—visions of children being kidnapped. How could she not try to save the children?

Detective Jonathon Lansing doesn't believe in psychics, but the young woman in front of him is very convincing. Can she truly help him track down a kidnapper?  Or is she involved in the crime?

Another child is taken right from under their noses.  As they follow her turbulent visions through several states and into Canada, Jessie and Johnny begin to discover they want more than a working relationship.  But will it distract them from finding the children in time?

 

 

Jessie rested on a red vinyl-covered stool at the lunch counter of the Easley Diner with a fresh plate of hot, steaming veggies and a glass of sweet iced tea before her. A vague curling mist suddenly crept along the edges of her vision. Oh, no, not again.

She closed her eyes, waiting. The mist moved over her, growing thicker and darker, slowly consuming all of the light, every sound, and even the warmth from the air. Nothing was left except the thick gray fog and the cold emptiness it created. The tiniest glimmer of light appeared in the center. It spun closer and closer as if she were looking down into the top of a silent tornado. The circle of light grew larger and then images began to appear in the vortex. Fingers of mist curled around the edges of the images. They gradually became clearer like pictures on an old tube-type television screen warming up. At last, the black and white images grew clear and sharp, developing color and sound.

A blond-haired, little girl with an angelic face played on the front walkway of a white frame house with green shutters. She wore faded jeans and a pink tee shirt. The sudden blare of a car horn came from the street and the little girl’s head turned toward it. Grinning, she dropped her Raggedy Ann doll and ran to the waiting car. She eagerly reached through the open window with an outstretched hand.

Then, a man, dressed in black, opened the rear door of the car and jumped out. He grabbed the child and pressed his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming. The man scurried into the backseat of the dark blue car with the child held in his arms.

The images faded into the light and then whirled away, becoming smaller and more distant until they disappeared into a thick, clammy fog. The dense fog slowly dispersed, leaving a gentle mist. It, too, drifted away as if blown by a gentle breeze.

Jessica opened her eyes. “No, please!” she whispered. “I have to see what happened.” She pressed her fingers to her aching temples, unable to force the images to return. Shivering and weak, Jessie focused on her surroundings and began to hear real sounds around her.

The gray-haired man behind the counter scraped dishes, conversation hummed at nearby tables, and the waitress carried a tray rattling with dirty dishes.

Jessie glanced over her shoulder at the rest of the diner’s customers. No one appeared to be staring at her or notice she zoned out. She wanted to get up and leave, but she felt terrified her legs might not hold her. With trembling hands, Jessie picked up her glass and sipped the sweet, cold tea. The cool beverage seemed to help and she continued sipping, beginning to feel a bit stronger.

Maybe I can make it home, now. Putting money on the counter for her uneaten lunch, Jessie made her way to the door. Head aching and slightly dizzy, she reached her small, yellow Mustang and managed the short drive home.

Looking Through The Mist © Rebecca Vickery

 

Review

Psychic Jessica Wilder is trying to start a new life, in a new place and tentatively with a new mind set. Things have a way of destroying the plan we make and Jessica visions has a way of creeping up on her when she least expect them to.

This time she can’t overlook what she has seen , a child, an event, an unspeakable evil and then it ends – she knows she has limited time from past experience with the FBI to get the information to the right person to give the child any chance of being saved.

Another not so nice experience that Jesse has from her time working with the FBI is the scepticism of the people who work in law enforcement when it comes to psychics, and sooner rather than later she finds herself across from none other than Detective Jonathon Lansing and his disbelieving eyes. Something's cannot be rules out and Jonathan has to move on Jessica vision or end up losing more ground on the unknown.

From the first moment Jessica and Jonathan squared off it was more than professional angst it felt like the meeting of the minds and with little to pull them apart they end up relying on each other for almost everything. When the kidnappings move across state line – Jonathan and Jessica ends up going against the status quo and relying on each other to keep the  other sane. 

LOOKING THROUGH THE MIST  is the second book by  Rebecca Vickery  and  after SURVIVING WITH LOVE this is a brilliant second book. It didn’t have the “hump” that the first book had but I love this book for many other reasons.

There are two things that made this book for me, I love romantic suspense and as I said about Ms. Vickery before – this is really her forte - she could even loose the romance, the mystery solidly stands on it’s own. Secondly I love books about psychics and Jessica was one mouthy, stubborn and pigheaded psychic chick.

The plot to be honest is nothing special – done before, said before, but for me the beauty of this this book is of course the fine print – Ms. Vickery uses her descriptors well and highlights the emotional aspect behind the plot with a thoughtfulness that will not be easily forgotten, yes  - even the bad guys had a story and I fell for  the scenes were she gave me a chance to see their dark side. Once again Ms .Vickery keeps the reader in mind – at no point did I feel overloaded  with info or even lost in legal jargon – I kept pace.

Jessica and Jonathan, I liked – there’s wasn’t the eyes meet across the room sort of romance. It was a gentle build up of respect, understanding and even empathy – but they connected and once they gelled it really would have taken a greater man than any presented in the book to pull them a part.

This is another solid read in terms of page count from Ms .Vickery and it was a page turner – to be honest the suspense was nail biting and even when it seems as if it was coming to an end – she come at us from another angle and made sure all the lose ends were tied up – I thought this was a nice touch.

LOOKING THROUGH THE MIST  is a highly recommended read and I do hope Ms. Vickery has a bunch of story lined up for the fans she is bound to have after two absolutely stunning release.

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Discussion Point – Weekly Geek – Book V Movie

 

 

 

 

With the release of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince this past week, I thought it would be good to turn once again to movie adaptations. In March, with the release of Watchmen (using that as a jumping off point for discussion), I brought up the subject of worst movie adaptations. This time, I'd like to bring up best movie adaptations (not saying if the recent Harry Potter movie is or isn't faithful to the book since I'll be honest I haven't read the book, but using the subject as a jumping off point for discussion).

So what are some of your favorite movie adaptations of books? Include trailers or scenes from Youtube if you'd like.

 

This weeks Weekly Geek topic once again deals with the whole Book V Movie theme. I was going to pass on this topic but decided to jump on my soap box and say a few words - about how I feel about the  topic.

I never get this whole comparing book against screen adaption. When  I watch a film which in itself is very rare I accept the film, drama or mini series (Whatever) on it's own merit. Why would I compare words against human limitations?

There is a fluidity to words that cannot be translated to screen no matter how good, how creative or even how daring a director is - and that is the bottom line of it all. Clearly also trying to get the little nuances that makes up the physical form from books cannot be adapted to screen. The readers imagination also will never be totally satisfied by anything that the most gifted director toss at them – if that is his or her whole plan of lifting a book into film.

Even films that were not books before are hard even to sell, without critics harping on about what worked and what didn't work if the script was originally a book. 

Two of my favourite film are book adaptation -

From Here to Eternity -  James Jones novel was an underappreciated novel for years and only with the release of the film did this novel come into it’s own.

That said – a good portion of the book never made it into the film adaption and what did was so cropped and sanitized that you would never believe it actually had anything of Jones original work in it.

And despite all that both the book and the film has a permanent place in my personal collection of DVD and books for totally different reasons..

 

 

Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke is a 1985 fantasy FILM directed by Richard Donner, and starring a slew of famous names.  It was NOVELIZED by Joan D. Vinge in the same year.

This is one of my all time favourite fantasy film. Although adapted after the film to book – I could easily find things wrong with the film – like something as simply as the good guys and the bad guys rode the same horses, it might not seem like much, but purist would know that would never happen in that time  - pure heresy. But guess what, I love the film just as it was and I watch it as least once a month.

The book is the same story, but because of the elasticity of words – Ms. Vinge was able to be more creative with the emotions, more passionate with some of the scenes and with no limitation like human constraints she as able to elaborate on the events and made sure my imagination went wild.

 

 

I have watched quite a few film from book adaption and while I have different feeling toward each and every one of them, I approach each one on it’s own individual merit.

The perfect book to film cannot happen, it will never happen - There will never be a perfect or even a near perfect adaption of any book to film, and it’s really best to either love or hate a film on it’s strengths or weaknesses.

What's your thoughts on this - I think I have just broken my soapbox.

 

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